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Gum Disease Treatment & Maintenance in North Kildonan

close up of young woman smilingSmiles rely on healthy teeth and gums for lasting function and beauty. At Artistic Smiles, Dr. Jerry Abells and our team understand in importance of keeping your smile free of infection. We provide various gum disease treatments in North Kildonan designed to help detect and prevent this condition proactively. Our team also helps protect smiles across East and West Kildonan, and the surrounding Winnipeg communities.

Our dentist offers comprehensive and practical care to address moderate to advanced gum disease. Our services range from gum tissue assessments and deep cleanings to scheduled maintenance exams and cleanings. We emphasize education in everything we do and keep you informed every step of the way.

If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with an advanced gum infection, we can help! Dr. Abells works closely with local periodontists and specialists in our area and can refer you to the right expert to meet your needs. Contact Artistic Smiles to schedule your assessment today!

CALL US: (204) 815-9285 REQUEST APPOINTMENT

What is Gum Disease?

man with gum irritationGum disease is an infection that targets the tissues and ligaments that keep your teeth in place. The condition can result from harmful bacteria, dry mouth, and other systemic medical conditions.

As bacteria and plaque form, gums become irritated and inflamed. We classify gum disease in several stages. These are known as gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?

Gingivitis, also known as early gum disease, can be challenging to detect. This is because the condition can produce mild symptoms with little to no discomfort. However, there are still signs that you can look out for. The most common include:

  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Bleeding gums during routine brushing and flossing
  • Slight discomfort when chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Dark red gums
  • Bad breath

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontitis?

As the condition progresses, it can develop into periodontitis. At this stage, symptoms are more prominent. Our hygienists may inform you that you have increased pocket depth during your gum tissue assessment. This occurs when irritated gums begin to separate from teeth due to harmful plaque and tartar buildup.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact us for treatment as soon as you can:

  • Larger gum pockets resulting in longer-looking teeth
  • Tender, swollen, and inflamed gums
  • Gums that bleed during and after oral hygiene
  • Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums
  • Bad breath and taste in the mouth
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth

Is Treating Gum Disease Necessary?

woman getting dental inspectionMore dental evidence shows that there is a close connection between your oral health and overall wellness. While a lack of proper oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum disease, it is not the only contributor. The condition can stem from medication use, genetics, or hormone changes due to pregnancy.

When plaque and tartar collect in the smile, toxins and bacteria also increase. The longer this buildup is left to progress, the more it irritates the gums, which can lead to serious concerns regarding your oral health. Gum disease can lead to gum tissue deterioration, tooth loss, and even losing jawbone density in its most advanced stages.

The Oral-Systemic Connection Explained

Oral bacteria from severe gum disease or periodontitis can work its way to the tooth roots. As the infection develops further, it can access the bloodstream and cause serious concerns throughout the body. Evidence shows that advanced gum disease has been known to cause complications with diabetes, pregnancy, arthritis, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular health, and much more.

Emphasizing Education & Prevention

dentist demonstration how to brush teethAt Artistic smiles, we believe that patient education and prevention are vital for treating gum disease in North Kildonan. We are proactive in our approach and often discuss the oral-systemic connection alongside oral hygiene best practices, exams, and dental cleanings.

Dr. Abells and our hygienists take time to instruct you on properly caring for your smile at home between visits. We explain why these steps are essential and how they can help protect your teeth and gums. Our team believes in collaborating with you to reduce your risk for developing gum disease and preserve your happiness and comfort.

Exams allow us to detect signs and symptoms early before they can jeopardize your dental and general health. Our hygienists perform thorough yet gentle cleanings to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar properly.

Gum Disease Treatments in North Kildonan

How we treat your gum disease depends on the severity of your condition. At Artistic Smiles, we use dental x-rays to gain clear images of your smile safely. From there, our dentist makes honest recommendations and works with you to craft a custom treatment plan to help you achieve healthy gums once more.

Our hygienists perform scaling & root planing. The procedure is also known as deep periodontal cleanings. With tooth scaling, we remove dental plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and along and below the gumline. Our hygienists use special tools to perform this treatment safely. Root planing includes smoothing of your tooth roots after scaling. By doing so, we can help reduce future tartar and bacteria buildup. Our team can also help promote proper gum reattachment and healing.

Maintenance often involves regular scheduled exams and cleanings. This continued treatment is often necessary when following deep cleanings such as scaling and root planing. You may be more prone to infection because of genetics, medication, or history of gum disease. Depending on your situation, we may recommend continued treatment as often as every three months.

Protect Your Gum Health Today!

At Artistic Smiles, we are passionate about preserving your oral health and overall wellness from the moment you arrive. Dr. Jerry Abells and our staff are here to help guide you toward better dental health, happiness, and comfort with gum disease treatments in North Kildonan. Contact us to get started today!

CALL US: (204) 815-9285 REQUEST APPOINTMENT


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